I came across an interesting quote the other day, and it’s stuck with me like a catchy lyric. At first I scoffed at it, but the more I thought about it, the more it really hit home and the more it sounded like actual words I could live by.
Words I can live by. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. It may appear that way, but that ‘other side’ was nurtured and watered and sodded by someone who put their blood, sweat and tears into it. It probably wasn’t always green.
Moral of the story: quit whining. Suck it up. Water your own damn grass until it’s green.
Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that things look better from someone else’s perspective.
If you want something, you work for it. This isn’t new information for me, since I’ve always worked hard to achieve things in life, but it’s easy to forget it. Sometimes we just need a little reminder.
We’re constantly bombarded with images of incredibly happy people living extraordinary lives (thank you, Social Media), and it’s easy to become envious of how put together they all seem. It’s easy to think: “I wish I had ____”, “Why can’t I have ____?”, “I’d be so much happier if ____”…
The thing is, we’re not all perfect and no one’s grass is 100% green. You’re stuck with the grass you got, so if you want it greener, work at it.
Grumpiness, be gone.
The juice itself tastes like summer, made from fresh honeydew melon, cucumber, and mint. It’s smooth and refreshing and, when combined with a little gin or tequila (or whatever your choice of poison) it’s the perfect drink to sip on a sunny patio after a long day.
If you don’t have a juicer, don’t fear. I spent 26 years of my life without a juicer and you definitely don’t need one (although being able to make your own juice in minutes is pretty awesome). These work well in a blender, as well. Simply toss the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. It will be pulpier, but you could always strain through a fine-mesh sieve to get a juice-like consistency.
So here’s to Friday, here’s to finishing another tough week, and here’s to making our own grass a little greener, one patch at a time.
|Minty Melon Cocktails|| |
- ½ honeydew melon, seeded and chopped
- ½ cucumber, chopped
- ⅓ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
- 2 oz tequila or gin
- fresh mint leaves, to garnish (optional)
- Toss honeydew, cucumber, and mint leaves into a juicer. Refrigerate juice until ready to use.
- In two cocktail glasses, add a couple ice cubes, then pour 1 oz of tequila into each glass. Fill glasses with juice, garnish with mint leaves, and serve.